Me and my family love to take family vacations to Cape Cod. On our way in and out of Cape Cod, we love to spend a few days in Boston. That’s is why I am excited to share some of my favorite things that I have done over the years in Boston, Massachusetts. Also, most of these things are FREE!
Walk the Freedom Trail
This is the first free thing on this magnificent list. If you are a history buff, you will find some amazing historic views on this 2.5-mile walk. You are bound to not get lost on the trail because it is a brick path that says “Freedom Trail” on it. This was very helpful for my dad. On this trail, you will find the Paul Revere House!
This is a beautiful city park in Boston. Making an appearance in Jimmy Fallon’s movie, Fever Pitch, this park is a great place to sit and relax. If you want to take a break from all the tourism Boston has to offer, this is the place to go. You can sit on a bench and people watch (my favorite) or even have a nice picnic (my actual favorite because…food).
Go to Cheers
Okay, I will be honest, I haven’t been able to completely enjoy Cheers because I have only been 21 for a year now. Seeing it was fun, but this is the first thing on my bucket list when I go back to Boston. Cheers was a popular show that I grew up watching with the fam, so it holds a special place in my heart.
Eat a Bowl of Clam Chowder
The fact that I loved Boston was incredible because I don’t like seafood. However, I love New England Clam Chowder at a true Boston restaurant. If you are going to get a cup of chowder, find your own hole-in-the-wall place and enjoy. Some of my suggestions that serve delicious New England Clam Chowder are Legal Seafood and Jimmy’s.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
If you are a food buff, you’re welcome. Faneuil Hall has three different markets in one location. This is a fun market to get groceries, but since me and my family only visit for a couple of days, we grab lunch here. This is also a place to go if you can’t decide what you want to eat. Instead of having the “I don’t know…what you want?” argument, go to the place that has everything. This has local pizza, soups, salad, sandwiches, Boston classics, and so much more. Tip: the seating can be hard come by with big groups. My advice is split up or take shifts saving spots and getting food.
Go to a Red Sox Game at Fenway Park
Whether you are a Red Sox fan or not, Fenway park is a must do in Boston! There are so many traditions such as singing Sweet Caroline and the Green Monster. I went when the Red Sox were playing the Yankees, and it was a once in a lifetime experience. Being a long-standing rivalry, there was a lot of tension in the stands (especially after the game…). I am not a huge sports fan, but it was amazing being a part of the passion in Fenway Park.
New England Aquarium
This is something the whole family can enjoy. The New England Aquarium is located on the pier and includes many exotic sea creatures. There are multiple types of passes and exhibits to fit your personal preferences and schedule. My personal favorite was the Atlantic Harbor Seals Exhibit!
Bunker Hill Monument
Another piece of history to dive into is the Bunker Hill Monument. I went with my dad and sister. The monument has a total of 294 steps to climb to the top. One of the funniest memories is when we finished going up the monument and were leaving. My dad looked back at the monument and said, “It didn’t look that big when we first came!” It is a lot of steps, so wear something comfortable (especially comfortable shoes). I still wear my Bunker Hill shirt from time to time to remember my time in Boston.
Go on a Ghost Tour
This is a unique and fun way to tour Boston. My family and I went on a historic ghost tour at night. We wanted a tour that was playful and explored downtown Boston. There are a lot of ghost tours offered in Boston, so you can find something that fits your style. There are family friendly ones (like the one I went on) and there are more scary ones as well. Take time to see what’s all available!